You Can't Hide Integrity Under a Garbage Can (6/25/09)
Jeffersonville Attorney Larry Wilder did a couple of unusual things this week. The first was waking up in a garbage can. It was the second thing that was much more significant.
In an era where every screw up is someone else's fault, Mr. Wilder walked right into our newsroom, sat down in front of a camera , told us that what happened was wrong and he was embarrassed, and he apologized.
Sometimes when you hear an apology for a misstep, you know it is insincere but necessary to keep someone from losing a job or an elected position. But Mr. Wilder's apology was sincere, because asking for no special consideration, he resigned his well paid position as the Jeffersonville City Council attorney for the good of the community.
He may have embarrassed himself and his family for a brief moment in time, but I think his children can be very proud of their father's integrity and how he handled his adversity. He didn't hide. He didn't blame anyone else. He faced the issue like a man who understands that there are consequences for our actions. Anyone can make a big mistake, but it's what you do next that tells us what kind of person you really are.
I'm not saying it's OK to wake up in a garbage can, but in an age when nobody seems to take responsibility for anything bad they do, Larry Wilder is a refreshing exception.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.